Here we go then,
Seven episodes in and we have a selection of pods for your listening pleasure. Keep checking back for new pods.
Click on the soundbites on the right for a flavour of what's inside each episode. Snuggle down for us for laughs, self-realisations and a chance to be in someone else's shoes. Maybe you'll like them!
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1. Val Mc Dermid.
Lesley is looking for a creative, diverse place to live. Should she move back to her home town? Fellow Kirkcaldy High School pupil, the award winning crime writer Val McDermid, joins Lesley's son, Mum, and Uncle Chris to try and thrash out what's best.
2. A Chubby Mermaid and The One on the Edge.
A Catherine wheel of poets join Lesley from Peterborough and Stamford. Can they persuade her to stay in her adopted town? A poignant and funny episode involving being compere for the vicar.
With Keely Mills, Alison Hawtin and Becky Owen-Fisher
3. Wandering Minstrels
Bouncy indie pop duo The Tin Pigeons invite Lesley to a bedroom in Rutland to try to figure out if Edinburgh is really in Scotland. Amanda Lowe, the Dulcimer Queen, talks about giving up her home to travel the Uk making music.
This episode centres on The Art House in Wakefield where we interview Tony Wade the community artist and Rachel Hall the writer, about heritage and boundaries. We finish with Artists of Santuary Mo Barrangi and Rumanh (Ranya) Binta, two exceptional young artists making a real splash in their adoptive country.
After this episode aired, there was a storming of Ross and Cromarty estate agents....get in line folks!
Youtube audio is accompanied by the beautiful landscapes of Pat Hay, the Canadian artist who settled here when her children were young. All participants are effusive about their beautiful, friendly, ecological town.
6. Camden Pub
I love Camden and so visit The Camden Head to talk to Michael Kossew of the Natural Born Storytellers ahead of her performance. Michael has a particularly engaging view of society and I felt better just for talking to him...more buoyant and hopeful. Since we are in lockdown, it's particularly refreshing to listen in order to revisit the pub. Oh, and my story....make sure you wait for the end...it's worth it!
7. Wells-next-the-Sea with Roger Law
Spitting Image co-creator's voice is hypnotising as he tells us about his childhood in The Fens, his career and his move to Wells. Apparently 'It's like the fifties with olives'. Anyone with a room to rent for me and the dog?
8. Coming up.....Mellifluous sculptors and Split Britches
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